Pros and Cons of Living In a Small Town

If you grew up in a small town, then you may, like me, have experienced a love-hate relationship with the little hamlet where you were born.  Even though I have lived all over the country - Florida, Arizona, California, Tennessee - somehow I am always magically pulled back to the little village of 1,700 people where I'm from.  While it has its advantages, there are also some drawbacks.  After living in Los Angeles for six years and now spending more time in Iowa, here are some of the pros and cons of living in a small town I have noticed.

1. Pro: Fewer streets make it less likely for you to get lost
    Con:  If you do get lost, everyone knows about it

2. Pro: No police helicopters flying over your house at night waking you up
    Con:  It's so quiet here you can hear wild animals mating

3. Pro: Less smog increases your chance of growing a successful garden
    Con: In'N Out Burger is a three day drive away

4.  Pro: It's an easy walk to the post office
    Con:  You will spend forty-five minutes at the post office because you run into someone you know

5. Pro: No traffic jams
    Con:  People here don't drive fast because there's nothing to hurry for

6.  Pro:  People are less likely to judge you based on appearances
    Con:  Having fewer reasons to worry about your appearances causes you not to think twice before eating the cream cheese-based dessert

7.  Pro:  You are less likely get hit on by sleaze balls at the bar because everyone is watching
     Con:  You are distantly related to most of the eligible men in town

8. Pro:  Less smog makes it easier to breathe
    Con:  More manure smells make you not want to breathe

9. Pro:  People are more friendly
    Con: People are so friendly they would walk through your front door without knocking if you didn't keep it locked

10. Pro:  You know who your neighbors are
      Con:  Your neighbors know who YOU are

There you have it, a quick list of pros and cons of living in a small town.  In all seriousness, I am grateful of the experience of living in a place where I know my neighbors and where the streets are safe.  I would recommend everyone live pop. less than 2,000 for some length of time because it can definitely change your viewpoint of the world.  What about you?  Have you ever lived in a small town?  Do you live in one now?  Which of these pros and cons do you agree with?

8 comments

  • Tania J. Paterick-Sterud

    Tania J. Paterick-Sterud Right here, in front of my monitor!

    You are hilarious, Melanie and these pros and cons are spot on. I give you full marks. Full marks, I say! Are you any good at this blogging thing? I am such a NOOB. Help me. I feel about Jack in the Box the way you feel about In and Out Burger! Actually, I think I can get to one Jack in the Box in Nashville. What is that? Two days? If you stop of course. I have kids, you see.

    You are hilarious, Melanie and these pros and cons are spot on. I give you full marks. Full marks, I say! Are you any good at this blogging thing? I am such a NOOB. Help me.

    I feel about Jack in the Box the way you feel about In and Out Burger! Actually, I think I can get to one Jack in the Box in Nashville. What is that? Two days? If you stop of course. I have kids, you see.

  • Melanie Devaney Music

    Melanie Devaney Music

    Ha ha re: Jack In the Box (the breakfast burrito!!!). I'm Not really good at the blogging thing either......great to hear from you!

    Ha ha re: Jack In the Box (the breakfast burrito!!!). I'm
    Not really good at the blogging thing either......great to hear from you!

  • Frederico Pena

    Frederico Pena Los Angeles, CA

    Spot on Melanie: I ran across your blog while doing a search pros and cons of living in a small town. I live here in Los Angeles (the crowded South Bay in Westchester by LAX) And yes, it is always noisy, crowded plus I have big bad LAX flights flying overhead. I was born in Calexico, CA, a tiny little border town in the Imperial Valley and I've thought of moving back there. However, your article is identical to what my parents are "warning" me about: lack of job opportunities, major shopping/amusements/points of interests are hours away. And you may die if they can't get you to a hospital... But I guess the biggest killer of all is everyone KNOWS YOU and is IN YOUR BUSINESS!!

    Spot on Melanie:

    I ran across your blog while doing a search pros and cons of living in a small town.

    I live here in Los Angeles (the crowded South Bay in Westchester by LAX) And yes, it is always noisy, crowded plus I have big bad LAX flights flying overhead. I was born in Calexico, CA, a tiny little border town in the Imperial Valley and I've thought of moving back there.

    However, your article is identical to what my parents are "warning" me about: lack of job opportunities, major shopping/amusements/points of interests are hours away. And you may die if they can't get you to a hospital...

    But I guess the biggest killer of all is everyone KNOWS YOU and is IN YOUR BUSINESS!!

  • Melanie Devaney Music

    Melanie Devaney Music

    Hey Frederico, thanks for reading my blog!!! I can imagine it would be nice to get out of Westchester, but not without consequences ha ha!

    Hey Frederico, thanks for reading my blog!!! I can imagine it would be nice to get out of Westchester, but not without consequences ha ha!

  • Andrew Mooers

    Andrew Mooers Houlton ME

    Love small town life and that lots of other small towns up and down the roadways that wind into your local community are neat to sample too! All unique, real, honest and low or no cost to experience richly.

    Love small town life and that lots of other small towns up and down the roadways that wind into your local community are neat to sample too! All unique, real, honest and low or no cost to experience richly.

  • Melanie Devaney Music

    Melanie Devaney Music

    Could not agree more!

    Could not agree more!

  • Lila Davey

    Lila Davey Virginia

    That is so true for all of us

    That is so true for all of us

  • ya boi

    ya boi ya boi

    lol this is cool

    lol this is cool

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